According to multiple sources in Iraq, a group of Americans who disappeared over the weekend in Baghdad have been confirmed to be kidnapped. The local authorities have confirmed that the three Americans were visiting an apartment that is well-known for being a popular brothel when they disappeared. The brothel is known to be periodically raided by Shiite militia. Currently, several groups of extremists have offered a bounty for any Americans who are captured while traveling abroad.
Sources close to the situation have revealed that the Americans were invited to the apartment in the Dora area. From there they were abducted and transported to Sadr city where all communication was lost. According to the Washington Post, the three Americans were Iraqi who had acquired U.S. citizenship and were working for the Baghdad International Airport under contract.
State spokesman John Kirby made the following statement on Sunday to Fox News:
“The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority. We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals. Due to privacy considerations, I have nothing further.”
Currently, no specific group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, although most are conducted by the militia and ISIS in an effort to solve workplace disputes. It’s expected someone will come forward to make demands in the upcoming days.